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Ray's Trip to Minden, Germany in Nov & Dec 2006
Wow. What a great trip. We were jokingly calling this trip the "Caipirinha Tour" because I played at several ENCHILADAs. They are a chain of Tex/Mex restaurants all over Germany that specialize in Caipies! These photos are from those gigs. Also a poster (>) from another place I played called Destille in Bückeburg, Germany. The manager there is a great guy and really did a lot to promote the shows.
From Enchilada, Münster, Germany
From Maria's Taverna, Minden, Germany
From Enchilada, Minden, Germany
Caipirinha is Brazils national cocktail made with fresh fruit, ice, some sugar and Cachaça, pronounced IPA. Cachaça is Brazil's most common spirit, a distilled alcohol product made from sugar cane similar to rum.
In Brazil, "Caipirinhas" are served in basically all restaurants, bars and most households. So, it is considered the national Brazilian drink.
Its simplicity and tangy sweetness have made it popular all over the world, and it is considered by the International Bartenders Association to be one of the 50 greatest drinks of all time. The word "Caipirinha" itself is the diminutive version of the word "caipira", which refers to someone from the countryside. The drink's name is used as masculine and feminine word and thus literally means "country person". However, a Brazilian never thinks of a "country person" when ordering a "Caipirinha". In the mind of a Brazilian, the word "Caipirinha" is only associated with the drink itself.
Throughout Brazil, the Caipirinha is more than the conventional Cachaça cocktail made with cut limes, sugar and ice. For Brazilians today, "Caipirinhas" are a complete line of cocktails made with just about any fresh fruits, some sugar and ice, and there are even those that are made with a creamy base of dairy or even soy. In addition to the usual lime cocktail, popular "Caipirinhas" are made with kiwi, passion fruit, pineapple, berries and even grapes.
Brazilians consume Caipirinhas in almost all social events and it is a favorite for beach parties and barbecues among family and friends.